Department of Education

Research projects

STANDARDISATION OF A COMPUTERISED ORAL LANGUAGE TEST

Oral language skills are a critical foundation for literacy, educational success and psycho-social wellbeing. Accurate, reliable and easy-to-use tests are needed to identify children with language learning difficulties.

We have developed LanguageScreen a short, but reliable, oral language assessment for children which comprises 5 subtests (expressive vocabulary, receptive vocabulary, sentence repetition, listening comprehension and nonword repetition). The test has been developed as an App, running on a tablet, designed to be administered by teachers or teaching assistants. The App can be administered in approximately 12 minutes and scoring is automated via a secure website.

This project is to collect standardization norms for this test from a large representative sample of children aged 3-8 years. We will also provide validation data by assessing the correlation between the new test and well established tests of language ability.

External Team Member: Professor Maggie Snowling (St John’s College and Experimental Psychology)

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